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Photo Flash: ABC Family's SWITCHED AT BIRTH Returns 1/3


ABC Family's big summer hit, SWITCHED AT BIRTH returns with all-new episodes, on a new day and time, Tuesday, January 3, 8:00PM-9:00PM ET/PT.  In the January 3rd episode entitled,  "Starry Night", tensions are high between Daphne and Bay as they clash over Emmett. Upset over her father's return, Daphne heads to the music festival where Toby, Wilke and Emmett are performing, to try and get some alone time with Emmett, much to his surprise. Bay insists on seeing Angelo again, so John asks Regina to chaperone their meeting, causing them all to think about what life would have been like. Meanwhile, Kathryn goes behind John's back to speak with the nurse that Angelo thinks could help them win the lawsuit against the hospital. 

On the upcoming season of SWITCHED AT BIRTH, the families must deal with the arrival of Bay's biological father Angelo (Gilles Marini), inflaming old passions and creating new rivalries. All in all, everyone struggles to navigate family dynamics that seem to be getting more, not less, complicated.

The series uses American Sign Language and explores deaf culture with an array of deaf and hard of hearing actors. The series was named the recipient of AFTRA's (American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) 2011 American Scene "Crystal" Award®" - the top individual television program honoree in this year's competition -- "for its groundbreaking and seamless inclusion of performers with disabilities, storylines that showcase new assistive technologies, and ethnic diversity." Most recently, Executive Producer Paul Stupin was awarded the 2011 Producers Guild of America George Sunga Award by the Media Access Awards. Academy Award winner Marlee Matlin, Gilles Marini and Austin Butler are recurring guest stars.

View photos from the upcoming episode of SWITCHED AT BIRTH below!

Photo credit: Ron Tom/ABC Family

Austin Butler, Lucas Grabeel & Sean Berdy

Austin Butler, Lucas Grabeel & Sean Berdy

Constance Marie & Vanessa Marano

Constance Marie & Vanessa Marano

Austin Butler & Katie Leclerc

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